The Brahmin who abused the Buddha

One day the rich Brahmin Bharadvaja invited the Buddha to his home for lunch.

When the Buddha arrived, Brahmin Bharadvaja instead of welcoming Buddha hurled abuses at him.

The Buddha listened quietly.

When Brahmin Bharadvaja stopped his abuses, Buddha asked, “Brahmin Bharadvaja, what do you do when guests come to your home?”

“I offer them alms and food,” replied the Brahmin.

“And what do you do when the guest refuses to receive the alms?” asked Buddha.

“We gladly partake that ourselves,” replied Brahmin Bharadvaja.

“Then I’m refusing to take the alms you just gave me. Please take them back, they belong to you,” said the Buddha.

Notes: Always give others what you’d gladly receive. The power of wealth often makes one heady and leads to a downfall. Beware of that. And treat others with humility and respect.

Source – eBook 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.

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Dreams shall Never Die

If you can dream it, you can do it.
~Walt Disney

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?
~George Bernard Shaw

Be careful what you wear to bed at night, you never know who you’ll meet in your dreams.

We have got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true.
~Denis E. Waitley

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
~Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are like stars, you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.

No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities – always see them, for they are always there.
~Norman Vincent Peale

Whatever you can dream, begin to do it. Boldness has the power and magic in it.

We grow great by dreams … Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they [flourish]; bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.
~Woodrow Wilson

Wake up in the morning with a dream in my eyes.
~Allen Ginsberg

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
~William Faulkner

To accomplish great things, we must not only act,
but also dream; not only plan,
but also believe.
~Anatole France

We make realities out of our dreams and dreams out of our realities. We are the dreamers of the dream.
~Roald Dahl

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
~Carl Jung

I didn’t even dream it would be so good. But I would never let my children come close to the thing
~Vladimir Zworykin, inventor of television

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
~Carl Sandburg

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
~Carl Sandburg

I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
~Henry David Thoreau

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the Dreams shall never die.
~Edward Kennedy

The Buddha and his Disciples

Some of Buddha’s disciples discussed God one day. The arguments went on till evening and there was no consensus. So they went to Buddha.

“What is God?” they asked Buddha.

The Buddha asked for an elephant and four blind men to be brought before him.
He then asked the Blind men to feel it and say what it was.

The blind men did as instructed.

“It looks like a pillar,” said one who felt its huge leg.

The second who ran his hand over the elephant’s belly replied, “That can’t be so, it’s actually a wall.”

“It’s certainly a thick rope,” said the third.

“I think it’s a piece of cloth,” said the fourth that held its ears.

The Buddha then asked his followers, “Each of these people seem to say different things about the same elephant. Which one is right?”

Notes: The world is not the same to all. Each person’s experience shapes the way one sees the world. The truth can be experienced in many ways. There is no single way. Each one must explore and discover the truth.

Source – eBook 51 Short Motivational Stories from Zen, Buddha and Ancient Tales.

Inspiring Quotes 2

  • When you are in love, you forget your own happiness: you only wish to make the loved one happy!
    By: Dada J P Vaswani
  • Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
    By: Buddha
  • Anger, humiliation, unhappiness and depression are not emotions which anyone can give to anyone else. These are the reactions triggered from our own ego to certain words or actions/non-actions.
  • Gita chapter three, verses 37 and 38: “O Arjuna, it is lust later transformed into wrath, which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world. As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, the living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of this lust”.
  • Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
    By: Buddha
  • It isn’t the things that happen to us in our life that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.
  • We might only be a hit away from striking gold, so we need to keep at it, no matter how discouraged we are and feel.
  • Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
    By: Buddha
  • Small tip for “Staying Happy” –
    Wake up every morning by giving thanks – for the bright sunrise, for a great breakfast, or for a good night sleep. Cultivate the habit of being thankful – for great friends or for favors done to you, however small they may be.
  • Do not love leisure. Waste not a minute. Be bold. Realize the Truth, here and now!
    By: Swami Sivananda

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